Daughter & Fan-Force

Daughter and Fan-Force joined forces just over a year ago and thus far it has been a slow start for the film as it finds it's way on this wonderful platform.

With Sarah Jayne's production company NPG moving to Europe in the coming months, the possibilities for a Daughter International Tour are strong as Fan- Force has expanded from Australia to International. Daughter fans can now host screenings of the film in the UK, USA, Germany, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand.

For those unfamiliar with Fan-Force and what the company is all about, it is quite simple. Fan-Force is an online library of films and the fun part is, Fan-Force allows fans to choose the films they want to see and host screenings at a cinema in their local area.

Better yet, it is very exciting and rewarding for independent filmmakers to have this platform, as it can be time consuming and financially difficult to secure and set up a screening for your film. Film festivals can also be costly and there is no guarantee that your film will be chosen to screen, thus no one sees your film and you are left out of pocket and disheartened.

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Fan-Force works on a tipping point basis, meaning if the fans don't gather and book, the screening does not go ahead, so no-one is out of pocket. But the aim of the game is to invite your friends, community group, school clubs and family to reach that tipping point and beyond. Fan-Force will help along the way, deal with booking the cinema and give you promotional options if needed.

To host your own Daughter Fan-Force screening go directly to the Daughter Fan-Force page here - Daughter on Fan-Force

A Uniting screening in historical Queenscliff

Last stop for the Daughter awareness tour for 2016 saw Ivan and myself attend a small and humble Port Lonsdale screening hosted by Jan from the Queenscliff Uniting Church on November 22nd. 

Jan and her partner were well prepared for the screening, making sure that film posters and event flyers were printed and pinned up , as well as organising a mention of Daughter in the local paper. I was very impressed by how enthused they were about this special screening in a town which I personally love visiting and spending time in as it is so full of old world charm. 

In attendance was an older crowd then what Daughter usually screens to in Melbourne, which was a little bit of a surprise. I was very concerned as I always am in regards to the swearing and illicit drug taking and drinking in the film, but more so this time as Daughter was screening within a Church. 

Answering audience questions and starting a discussion

However the beautiful thing this about this screening was the fact that Daughter was well received and brought up some mature questions during the Q & A section of the afternoon from the audience . These questions lead to a wonderful discussion on gender roles and a women's place in society and also how men relate to the story and their awareness on the issue.

As I stood up after the screening and answered questions, I must say that I will never forget Jan telling me that her son is aware of the anxiety women feel when walking alone and that to avoid scaring women he walks on the opposite side of the street and does not look their way.  This caused a mix reaction from me - in one instance it is great that he is aware women feel uncomfortable when walking solo and passing a man in the night. Yet on the other it is sad that this is the interaction some men feel they need to have with women to make them feel safe. Awareness is the first step, so I commend him on his actions but I still feel sad that as humans both men an women are not equals when walking alone down the street, which is a liberty both sexes should be able to enjoy.

Attentive crowd at Queenscliff United

Attentive crowd at Queenscliff United

Joining Ivan and myself at the screening was actor Robyn Duse, who plays social worker Molly at The Gatehouse in the film. It was a nice feeling to have an actor witness the crowd interaction while seeing the film for the first time in an intimate setting. We thank Robyn for coming down from Lorne, which is in the local area and for speaking about what she does. 

Another good little story that came from this screening was a discussion I had after the Q&A with one of the elderly ladies, who told me she was in her 80's. She lived in St Kilda back in the 1960's when drugs and prostitution was rife in area, much worse than it is now. She remembers what life was like then for the disadvantaged and we had a short but interesting discussion on how St Kilda has changed from her day to my day. 

Daughter flyer on the board

Daughter flyer on the board

An attentive crowd watching Daughter is all a director could ask for in a tour really and I am so happy that NPG booked this screening with Uniting Queenscliff for our short film and awareness project as it is one that we will both not forget.

This is the last event for the tour, wrapping up a fantastic and fruitful year for Daughter and a ride that NPG is so grateful to have had the opportunity to be on from day one. 

 

 

  

Daughter Takes the First Public Step Towards Education

It is a totally amazing feeling as a film maker to see your project and short film up on a screen in front of the Holmesglen Waverley Tafe students being used as an educational tool, and part of their assessments for the Justice course.

I can't even begin to tell you how content my heart and soul are right now. To have Daughter achieve so much already. To have this tough little film from St Kilda make changes to peoples thoughts and to educate these young minds on the affects of gendered violence and victim blaming in our communities is a very rare and special opportunity.  I feel so grateful. 

Today at Holmesglen I was so nervous before I was even in the auditorium, I had to tell myself that what I am doing is very important and that this is the start of something very big. I had been anticipating this screening for the last few months and like other screenings it went too quickly. 

Tamie Cousins talking about attitudes, norms, behaviours and practices that support violence

Tamie Cousins talking about attitudes, norms, behaviours and practices that support violence

The students filled the auditorium around 10am and their teacher Tamie Cousins began by introducing Ivan and myself and talking a bit about Daughter and how the film fits into what the Diploma and Advanced Diploma students are currently learning in their Justice Course. 

Stats on violence towards women and men from the Our Watch website were shown and the numbers are alarming. An explanation on what gendered violence is, how many women are currently reported as affected by gendered violence on the streets and most importantly the attitudes, norms, behaviours and practices that support violence was mentioned, all linking back to Daughter.

I then had my chance to speak about why I wrote Daughter and what my inspirations  and goals were for the film before Daughter was shown to the class of around 90 students and teachers. 

Sarah Jayne talking about Daughter, why she wrote the script and the characters. 

The Q and A that followed had the students asking the most wonderful and thought provoking questions such as "Did you go into the Gatehouse with any of your own prejudices?" and "Why was the film shown from the perspective of just the three women, why not the perpetrators view". Some of these questions really got me thinking about how I can expand the film into a feature, a thought I have had many times the last couple of months and also how I can show a different view on gendered violence. 

I was blessed to have also received fantastic feedback on Daughter through the survey I handed out to the students as well as the teachers. They answered questions about how they believed Daughter was affective to their learning and if they felt Daughter should be used as a teacher's aid and part of the curriculum. A few of them said the film is good for secondary schools, they wanted to see more of the film and that they found sympathy with the character of Jemma. 

There are 94 surveys to continue reading though and I will get to that perhaps tomorrow. NPG now have to work on the Daughter tour, but this test run really was worth doing. From here we also have a connection through Tamie, which will open more doors in education for Daughter and help me to work on a new School Press Kit to spread the word nationally. 

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